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February Half Day Camp

Page To Stage February Camp 2/20-2/24/2023

Join our performing arts winter camp, Page To Stage, February 20-24th, 9AM-12:30PM. Campers, ages 6-9, will immerse themselves in DANCE, ART, MUSIC, and DRAMA while working alongside special guests, as part of our theater arts discovery week. Seasoned artists & performers will guide our group with master instructors from Ascendance. No prior dance experience required. Masks Optional at this time. Maximum 15 students

Feb 20-24, 2022, 9AM-12:30PM

Registration opens 12/1/22

Questions: Contact Kathryn Carpenter Programming Coordinator

New! October Half Day Camp (sold out)

School Conference Week: Oct. 24-28, 2022 

Two Groups: Kindergarten-2nd AND 3rd-5th

Dance, Art, Improv & More!

11:45AM-3PM,  register for individual days

**Camp Full: Accepting names for Waitlist**


**Stay Tuned: Summer 2023 camp lineup coming soon

ASCENDANCE Summer 2022 Programming


Water Wonder

 Mix It Up

**Pre-Teen Camp Weeks!**

Dance Discovery! ages 10-13

For Beginning/Intermediate Level Three Dancers

 Step, Stomp, and Flow!

For Intermediate/Advanced Level Three Dancers

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We are excited to feature programming from some of our local small businesses. They provide excellent experiences for youth in the region and we are grateful to be able to include them in our summer and vacation offerings!

Only at Ascendance...STORYTELLERS Half Day Camp!

Shiny, new half day camp program….STORYTELLERS! 

August 22-26th

Age 6-9, 9AM-12:30PM


NEW! Once Upon a Time hits the dance floor!

The art of storytelling is expressed in many ways, whether it be DANCE, MUSIC, ART, or the written word. This week, we’re tapping into ALL OF IT!

Campers will develop their own storytelling techniques experimenting with a variety of expressive arts. We will work on fun ways to create and convey our stories together with the help of special guests, including award winning children’s book author/illustrator Grace Lin who will visit us in studio!! A Newbery Honor and Caldecott Honor recipient, Lin was recently named 2022 Children’s Literature Legacy Award winner, for her impactful storytelling and contribution to children’s literature. 

Using dance, students will interpret some of their favorite stories, bringing them to life through movement & creating choreography. Inspiring classes will take many forms, thanks to our AIWA staff leading styles ranging from  jazz,  acro, ballet, and contemporary dance.

Imagination comes to life with paint, glitter, and the magic of Lindsay Fogg Willits! We will walk to Art Always to create special projects related to our theme.  An OH SO FUN! storytime session with Lexi Walters Wright will round out our programming week at High Five Books!

Summer 2022 Adult classes

Summer Adult Classes – Let’s get back to moving!

JULY ONLY! Adult Tap with David Bovat – Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:00pm. Classes on 7/5,  7/12, 7/19, and 7/26.

SIX WEEKS ONLYAdult Hip Hop with Jeremy “JROCK” Wheat  – Tuesday evenings, 6:45-7:45pm. Classes on 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30.

SEVEN WEEKS ONLY – Wednesday Evenings with Laurel Anne Boyd! Teen/Adult Contemporary Jazz, 5:45-6:45pm. Classes on 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31

Registration is not required for Adult classes, but we strongly encourage you to RSVP to

Summer 2022 Programming Is Here!

Children's Mix It UP and Water Wonder !

It’s Back! We are hosting two sessions of our popular theme week, Mix It Up!

Mix It Up! Session One – July 11th – 15th 2022

Mix It Up! Session Two: July 25th-29th, 2022

Ages 6-9, 9AM-12:30PM

Our AIWA Camp Fan Favorite is back for two sessions! This is perfect the child who wants to dip their toes in a little of everything! Our fun filled “Mix It Up” week is all about variety, exploring movement, theater, music, and art. Different styles of dance include: Acro, Jazz/Hip Hop, Rhythm Stomp, & Contemporary.  We’ll work on imaginative and creative projects both weeks with the help of Art Always. 

 Michelle Marinelli Prindle, from The Prindle School, will warm up our voices and offer fun music classes. Theater/Improv instructor Heidi Haas joins us in session two for drama skits and games.

Just In: Special Guest & Master Yo-Yo Instructor Eric Koloski from A2Z Science & Learning Center joins us in Session One. Magician Scotty Swan from Urban Wizards Academy joins us in Session Two. Slime, melty beads, freeze dance, we’re doing it all! 

 $225, $50 deposit  

Questions: Contact  Program Coordinator


Water Wonder: Session 1, July 18-22nd

Water Wonder: Session 2,  August 15-19th

Ages 6-9, 9AM-12:30PM

NEW ! Splash into a discovery week dedicated to our most precious resource. We’ll explore fluidity of movement inspired by our theme in classes like beginner ballet & contemporary dance.  Additional styles include Jazz/Hip Hop and Acro. 

We’ll look under the microscope and visit with a few live animals thanks to the environmental educators from the Hitchcock Center in Amherst. They’ll expand on the importance of protecting local rivers and streams and how we can help the plants and animals that live in and around them.  

We will dive into imaginative and fun art projects related to our water week theme, thanks to Art Always. Fun water activities include making ocean in a bottle, rain sticks, and ice experiments. 

Improv /theater instructor Heidi Haas will join us for drama games in our August session. Stay tuned for added updates and special guests as we develop two sessions of this new camp!

 $225, $50 deposit  

Questions: Contact  Program Coordinator

STEP, STOMP and Flow... Pre-Teen Half Day Dance Week is BACK!

Step, Stomp, and Flow! Half Day Camp for Intermediate/Advanced Pre-Teen Dancers

August 1-5, 2022

A perfect way to challenge the experienced intermediate pre-teen dancer in your family!
Two technique classes a day, plus special classes in strengthening, stretching, and conditioning for the upcoming school year and 2022 Fall Dance Season. A full buffet of technique classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Acro, and Rhythm Stomp will be offered during the week, taught by Ascendance Master Teachers and beloved instructors.

Students will also take part in an empowering lesson with Sattva Center for Archery Training at their Florence studio. Connecting with core, breath, form, and technique are all transferrable skills dancers will use to explore this beautiful art form.

$250, $50 deposit to hold spot

Dance Discovery! Pre-Teen Beginning/Intermediate Half Day Camp Week

Dance Discovery! Half Day Camp for Beginning/Intermediate Pre-Teen Dancers

August 8-12, 2022

A perfect way to introduce (or reintroduce!) our most popular dance classes and styles to the Beginning/Intermediate Pre-Teen dancer in your family. Two technique classes a day, plus special classes in strengthening, stretching, and conditioning for the upcoming school year and 2022 Fall Dance Season. A full buffet of technique classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Acro, and Rhythm Stomp will be offered during the week, taught by Ascendance Master Teachers and beloved instructors. Creating art will be built into our week, with ceramics and other special projects.

$250, $50 deposit to hold spot

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